Atlas Obscura about the Foundation of Tbilisi and Sulfur Baths
03 April, 2019
Atlas Obscura about the Foundation of Tbilisi and Sulfur Baths
Atlas Obscure has recently devoted an article to the sulfur baths in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. Atlas Obscura is an online magazine and digital media company led by American journalist David Plotz. The article starts with the legend about the foundation of the capital related to the Georgian king Vakhtang Gorgasali in the 5th century.
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“The myth states that in medieval times, King Vakhtang went hunting with his falcon (or hawk in some versions of the story) in a heavily
wooded region in central Georgia. The falcon caught a pheasant and during the struggle, both birds fell into the hot spring and died from their injuries. The king was so impressed with the hot water that he decided to clear the forest and build a city around this natural wonder.”
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The Abanotubani in Old Tbilisi is distinguished by its bathhouses. The sulfuric water is warm and therapeutic. The article says that the water is believed to help skin ailments like acne and eczema, as well as digestion, insomnia, and arthritis. Additionally, one can experience a massage or kisa in the bathhouses. It is recommended to return to the sulfur bath after the “vigorous full-body scrub” massage.
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“Visiting Tbilisi’s mineral sulfur baths is one of the most pleasant and memorable experiences you can have in Georgia’s capital city. “Tbilisi” directly translates to “warm place,” and the widely taught myth of the city’s founding involves these natural hot springs,” read the article about the bathhouses.

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